Arsene Wenger pleased with Arsenal display in win over CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow's Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa (R) is unsuccessful with this shot past Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny during the UEFA Europa League first leg quarter-final football match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 5, 2018.

Arsenal were rampant and a fourth arrived in the 35th minute, as Lacazette joined Ramsey in getting a second, finding the bottom-left corner with a smart finish after a well-placed cut-back from the enormous Ozil.

Ramsey passed up another opportunity to bag a hat-trick three minutes later as he directed a half-volley over the target after Mkhitaryan's initial strike rebounded into his path.

With four straight wins under their belts coming into the game and a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City in their last outing, the hosts will be eager to carry that form into Thursday and lay down a marker for the remainder of the tournament.

Arsenal have been boosted by the return to fitness of Alexandre Lacazette as they attempt to reach the final four of a European competition for the first time since 2008-09. They do not need to score vast amounts of goals.

Wenger confirmed after the game that keeper David Ospina, who suffered an ankle injury on the eve of the game, will be out for between two and three weeks while Mkhitaryan, who was substituted, will miss Sunday's game against Southampton with a damaged knee.

Ramsey's second goal was also sumptuous.

Striker Alexandre Lacazette returned against Stoke City for his first appearance since February 10, scoring a goal in the 89th minute.

But at the back the away side looked absolutely hapless and that allowed the Gunners to restore their lead in the 23rd minute - Georgy Schennikov clumsily tripping Ozil in the area and Lacazette confidently dispatched the resulting spot-kick.

Ramsey had scored the first of Arsenal's four first-half goals with a finish high into the net and the midfielder, who scored against AC Milan in the last round at the San Siro, now has nine for the season. Ozil at his best. He was involved in the move for the first goal, won the penalty for the second, and provided the assists for the third and fourth.

And, even though the fans' frustrations are abundantly evident, Arsene Wenger is confident that they will come out in force for the game against CSKA Moscow, particularly with so much at stake for the club.

Mustafi - 5. Bad decision led to CSKA's goal.

CSKA Moscow, meanwhile, booked their place in the quarter-finals with a hard-earned win over Lyon and they represent a stern challenge for the Premier League side.

  • Rosalie Stanley